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Saturday, April 24, 2021

New from Sam Coffey & Iron Lungs, Anderson East, Amy Helm, Wolf Alice, Chair Warriors


Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs: Lately


Photo: Kate Dockeray
The third studio album from this Toronto-based band, titled Real One, is "an anthemic arena-rock album with a side of punk," says Canadian Beats. "The overall tone of the record is aggressive and raw, but it also is relentlessly upbeat." Our featured track, writes Northern Transmissions, "has Coffey yearning for that special someone (I been thinking about you lately / I been talking about you lately), while sonically, it’s just huge and custom built for big rock shows."

Anderson East: Madelyn


This is the first single from Maybe We Never Die, the Alabama singer's upcoming third album. American Songwriter says it's "a continuation of the deeply reflective state East found himself in 2020 when the pandemic hit." East told the website: “Now, I’m more reflective and I’m beginning to realize what being a human being really means. It’s a nice reset.” This song is a ballad of love in troubled times: "I about had enough / Can't make sense of this world we're livin' in ... I need my favorite high / To ease my state of mind / My Madelyn / Hold you tight just to find some shelter, ooh-oh."

Amy Helm: Are We Running Out of Love


The second single to emerge ahead of What the Flood Leaves Behind is one of the album's cover songs. The song is by Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist Daniel Norgen. Helm turns its simple lyric into an emotional plea: "How long will it take / For love to touch everyone? / How long? / Are we running out of love?"

Wolf Alice: The Last Man on Earth


The first single from the London band's third album, Blue Weekend, drew a rave review from NME: "Wolf Alice have long proven themselves to be one of the best and brightest bands in Britain, but here they give us yet more evidence that they’re still setting the standard for UK music and beyond." The song, which vocalist Ellie Roswell says is about "the arrogance of humans," builds at a slow pace, which "puts their singer at the forefront and lets her emotive voice do the work until we enter a grand, powerful second half." 

Chair Warriors: Throne


The Montreal trio says this just-released track is the latest "in a long line of singles we have coming out over the next several months." It follows "Spirit," which we featured in November. At the time, the band said its upcoming material will tell a story of an "entity" bringing a message that can change the world for the better. The Chair Warriors bring a modern-prog, Muse-like sound to this song, fitting for a sci-fi concept.

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